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Tim Hooper  |  Jun 24, 2021  |  0 comments
Out of lockdown, Tim Hooper heads for the flying field to test fly some recent new builds and refurbs.

Flying wise it was a no-go for several weeks. Our field was shut, just as you'd expect when the weather turns gloriously sunny. Yes, I know that it would be possible to maintain the required social distancing on the flight line, but the clubhouse and pits could be problematical, and it simply wasn't worth the risk.

Tim Hooper  |  Oct 05, 2021  |  0 comments
Tim Hooper fits a top spec motor to his R/C assist Keil Kraft rubber model.

Skipping back a couple of episodes to the ongoing saga of my Keil Kraft Gipsy (as recently re-kitted by Ripmax), we'd reached the giddy heights of winding several hundred turns onto the five metres of rubber that lay within the fuselage. We'd also reached the conclusion that winding all that rubber by using a finger pressed against a prop blade was a definite no-no.

Danny Fenton  |  Mar 30, 2021  |  0 comments
In his February 2021 'Make It Scale' column Danny Fenton heads for the bright lights and seaside to compete in his first F4C competition.

It is interesting that the models shown in the very first column I wrote in 2012 are all currently seeing activity in one way or another, including my Apache PA-23-150 and my Black Horse Chipmunk. Even my Brian Taylor Mustang has seen progress. But you will have to wait for an update on those projects.

RCME Staff  |  Jul 24, 2018  |  0 comments
Harvards still race at Reno every year. The famous prop roar is the sound of those supersonic tips. When it entered RAF service in July 1939, the US-built North American Harvard satisfied Britain’s desperate need for an advanced trainer that could bridge the widening gulf between the biplanes used for primary training and the new generation of fighters such as the Hurricane, which had already been operational for eighteen months. Yet, landmark though it may have been in Britain’s belated rearmament programme, the Harvard was only one member of a family of closely related aircraft that were produced over a period of 30 years, and which filled a variety of roles around the world, from trainer to fighter-bomber.
David Ashby  |  Dec 06, 2011  |  0 comments
The BMFA Indoor Electric Masters took place in Bradford last weekend and again saw some of the best pilots from home and abroadcompeting for top honours and, in the process, thoroughly impressing all who went along to watch. Increasingly famous for its competitor antics, the competiton also has a formal side with top honours up for grabs in a number of categories. We'll have the results soon but in the meantime check outGlenn Royds' photographs and the forum link belowfor more photos and Dave Royds' excellent videos. Many thanks guys! .
David Ashby  |  Feb 03, 2010  |  0 comments
The free plan in the Feb 2010 issue of RCM&E is this sweet little park-fly Bristol Fighter from Cyril Carr. Cyril has kindly sent in some build photos that we've uploaded toan albumthat should serve to assist builders. Check out the February 2010 issue preview! . .
David Ashby  |  Dec 05, 2012  |  0 comments
I’ve always loved the Consolidated PBY Catalina, there’s something particularly pleasing about the layout of this flying boat. The most commonly used variants during W. W. II were the PBY-5 and the PBY-5a; the latter had a retractable tricycle undercarriage, which increased the gross weight by nearly 30% and would obviously have affected the number of depth charges or bombs the plane could carry.
David Ashby  |  Dec 20, 2012  |  0 comments
In Part. 1 I introduced you to my pair of electric-powered Catalinas: a 76" (1930mm) span version powered by a pair of Jamara Pro 480HS BB can motors for bungee-launching from grass, and a 104" (2642mm) version powered by two AXI 2820/12 brushless outrunners, for operation from water. Whilst the smaller Cat' had its wing tip floats permanently fixed in the raised position, I decided that operational tips were an absolute must on its larger, amphibious sister. By studying photos of the full-size aircraft and the plan from which the model had been scaled I was able to determine how they worked, but I didn't have any information on the internal mechanism.
David Ashby  |  Nov 27, 2012  |  0 comments
Way back in 2000 I attended the Woodvale Rally for the first time, flying the then new, ducted fan Gloster Javelin that I’d just completed. This was in fact the first large show that I’d flown at, and I freely admit to being slightly nervous! Would the engines start on request? Would any of the unforeseen problems so many people suffer from catch me out? Fortunately the model performed flawlessly, despite the heat and the pressure! Travelling home that night my thoughts started to wander onto what could be built next, and the usual sort of things passed through my mind - something bigger, more complex and more graceful. Commercial airliners are so rarely modelled, and with my interests lying in aircraft from around the ‘40s and ‘50s my next project could only be one thing - the de Havilland DH106 Comet. The disasters that befell the Comet 1, with its famed square windows, are well documented.
RCME Staff  |  Jun 16, 2016  |  0 comments
It’s a misty day in 1972 and, while my cousin checks that no-one is watching, my 12-year old hand reaches up to touch the starboard navigation light of the Supermarine Spitfire that stands guard at the gate of RAF Manston. It’s my first encounter with this legendary aircraft, and the start of a 40-year journey – one that would take me through countless Sundays launching models from the top of Buckinghamshire’s Ivinghoe Beacon, a career in the aviation industry, and all the way back to Manston where, on a boisterous May day, I’d guide my own Spitfire, Connie, over the threshold of the famous runway. MAKING PATTERNS Connie’s own story began in 2006 when, with decades of model-building behind me, I set about designing a fully moulded, 1:4-scale Mk. IX Spitfire.
Brian Hoddy  |  Apr 08, 2021  |  0 comments
Brian Hoddy reveals some of his secrets to making a realistic scale instrument panel and cockpit components.

I think we can all agree that our hobby has undergone quite a revolution in the last few years. Compared to earlier models they are getting more and more refined in appearance and complexity.

David Ashby  |  Apr 12, 2010  |  0 comments
The sad news has reached us that David Boddington passed away on 10th April after a long illness. He was 77. The former RAF pilot, model designer, kit manufacturer, writer and magazine editor leaves a lasting legacy and will be greatly missed. There's little that Boddo, as he was affectionately known, hadn't achieved throughouta prolific aeromodelling career.
David Ashby  |  Feb 08, 2011  |  0 comments
Multiplex have just released details of a new model due to go on sale early Summer 2011. DogFighter is an attractive,34" (882mm) span, EPO foam, cartoon scale warbird that's not toofar removed from later marks of Spitfire. It's designed to have good slow speed handling yet to move quickly with neutral handling and a precise control response. Down and side thrust can be easily be adjusted to fine-tune the model and although DogFighter is designed for aileron/elevator/throttle only, a rudder function can easily be added.
David Ashby  |  Oct 23, 2014  |  1 comments
Both 1/3-scale and 1/4-scale are available free to download. Just pop across to our download page, scroll down the list (they're marked as **NEW**) and click to download. Darn it, we're good to you! . .
Nigel Hawes  |  Jul 17, 2012  |  0 comments
This article was first published in 2006. When it comes to doing something out of the ordinary, people are inspired by many things. For some it only takes a glance at an interesting or unusual feat and they want to either have a go or do even better, whilst others admire the efforts of famous people and strive to follow in their footsteps. The only inspiration I need is when somebody tells me I can’t do something; that’s like a red rag to a bull, as I like nothing more than a good challenge! When I first pondered flying an electric model across the English Channel it was, at the time, a little beyond the realms of possibility due to the available hardware not being up to the job.


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